A tourist in San Francisco explains how she tracked down stolen luggage on viral TikToks

A Vancouver tourist explained how she tracked down the person who allegedly stole her luggage from the trunk of her boyfriend’s parked car during a trip to San Francisco last month.

in a series of TikTok videos Posted on July 13 and July 14, user Tweet embed She said she and her boyfriend went out of the hotel in the morning to meet some friends and have lunch at Home Dumplings. Kelly stated that they took their luggage with them, acknowledging that it was “the first mistake really, we shouldn’t have done that”.

Then we stopped on the street, and that was our second mistake. In San Francisco, you always have to park in a parking garage,” continued the TikTok user. “But it was also in the middle of the day and we put everything in the box with the lid on top so you couldn’t see our stuff.”

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A TikTok user said they checked her boyfriend’s car after lunch with their friends and saw that everything was still there. A little later, they went to their friend’s apartment, and after returning to the car, they found out that “all their belongings” had disappeared.

After visiting my friend’s apartment, we got back to our car, and when we opened the car doors, we noticed there were things all over the front seats, like some face masks and a T-shirt that wasn’t ours. They realized it was really their car when they saw the items they had previously bought in the back of the car.

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According to Kelly, her boyfriend went to the trunk of the car to check on their belongings and saw that her luggage had disappeared. Kelly claimed the thieves took “my bag and backpack and everything else but left his shoes on and he gave me a bouquet of roses”.

Also, none of the car windows were smashed, so we didn’t even know how they got in the car – so either we didn’t lock the car properly or they opened the car door, we don’t. I don’t know,” Kelly added. After she called 911 to report the incident, the dispatcher suggested she and her boyfriend head to the nearest police station as that would be faster than waiting for authorities to arrive at the crime scene.

Upon arriving at the station, Kelly said she saw two other victims reporting similar cases to the police, and one of them said their car was stolen.

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Using the iPad’s “Find My” feature, Kelly was able to find the location – a six-unit apartment complex – where their belongings were supposedly taken, just a 30-minute drive from where they were.

Kelly said she called the city police station where she thought her belongings were located, and police said they could take a civilian reserve, which will include an officer escorting them while they ask residents about the matter. She clarified that the officer would not be allowed to legally interfere during this type of situation.

She then reports that her boyfriend went nearby to ask about their property and even offered a reward, but his efforts were unsuccessful because he and Kelly still didn’t know which apartment their belongings were in.

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The police allegedly told them that they could do nothing unless they obtained a search warrant. This would have required substantial evidence, and Kelly’s “Find My” results wouldn’t be enough.

Kelly said she noticed while searching that the house across from the apartment complex had a surveillance camera. She and her boyfriend asked the homeowner if they could look at the camera footage, which the owner agreed to.

Although it was difficult to distinguish the alleged thief’s car from the footage at first, Kelly said they noticed one car that “fitted perfectly into the break-in schedule.” She explained that the car arrived at the apartment complex about 30 minutes after the estimated time of the alleged burglary, “and it took 30 minutes to drive from this location to this address because we drove ourselves.”

However, the alleged car owner denied stealing anything during his interrogation, according to Kelly. She also reported that she and her boyfriend were unable to recover their belongings, and noted that shortly after her boyfriend finished knocking on the apartment complex residents’ doors earlier, “the location of my iPad stopped suddenly.”

Kelly said her boyfriend lost his work phone and lost about $10,000 worth of items from the accident, including four pairs of shoes, makeup, clothes, skincare, a laptop, an iPad, and a hairdryer.

“I really hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” she said at the end of her latest video. So far, her TikTok video series has amassed over 171,500 views.

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